Lady Maude's Mania
Her ladyship uttered a wail of dismay, but it was not heeded, as Tom said in a low tone--
"Keep up your pecker, Di, old girl. It's all nonsense about love and that sort of thing. It's duty toward your mother, catechism fashion, and you've done it. You're sold into bondage, eh?"
"Yes, Tom dear," she said, cheerfully. "I shall not mind."
"With all Goole's money to play with I should think not."
"I did not mean that, dear," said the girl, gravely. "I seem to be going right away from you, but there is Maude; don't let her be married like I am, Tom."
"What can I do?"
"I don't know; only try to help her and papa. Be more at home for both their sakes--and Tryphie's."
Tom started, and looked sharply in his sister's face.
"I will, Di, I will," he said, earnestly. "I know I've been a reckless sort of beast, but I will try now."
She smiled h